Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival5th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 30 - April 28, 2006


2 GIRLS (2 Genc Kiz)

U.S. Premiere

Directed by E. Kutlug Ataman  
Based on a novel by Perihan Magden
Cast: Hulya Avsar, Vildan Atasever, Feride Cetin, Tugce Tamer, Gonen Bozbey, Sezgi Mengi
2005, 100 minutes. 35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles  
Screening Date: Friday - April 7, 2006 at 8 p.m. 


Festivals and Awards:

  • 25th Istanbul International Film Festival - National Competition (2006): Best Director 
  • 17th Ankara International Film Festival (2006): Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Young Actress (Feride Cetin)
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2005): Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Photography, Best Sound Design 
  • SIYAD Official Competition (2005): Best Soundtrack
  • Sydney International Film Festival - World Premiere 
  • London Film Festival
  • Mannhein Official Competition
  • Oslo Film Festival Official Competition
  • Melbourne Film Festival
  • Sydney Queers Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival: Tribute to Kutlug Ataman
  • Santa Barbara Film Festival 
  • Cleveland Film Festival
  • Turin Film Festival
  • Nurnberg Turkish Film Festival
  • British Museum: Special Screening
  • MUHKA - Antwerp: Special Screening



Based on a novel by Perihan Magden, the film tells the story of two girls, Behiye (Feride Cetin) and Handan (Vildan Atasever), coming from two very different backgrounds. But they have a common goal ... to give new direction to their lives. 

Handan's mother Leman (Hulya Avsar) is a beautiful woman, making her living from rich men. Handan's father left them years ago and immigrated to Australia. Handan decides to find her father but her mother does not share her passion. Finally she finds support from Behiye in search of her father. 

"Fast and furious female bonding is the energy driving "2 Girls" to rail against their elders and just about everything else in Istanbul. Kutlug Ataman's first feature since 1998's "Lola + Bilidikid" is a refreshing slice of contemporary Turkish life that enhances the director's reprep as a sympathetic observer of the disaffected." -- Variety



About the Director: E. Kutlug Ataman

Kutlug Ataman was born in 1961 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Lycee of Galatasaray and Mimar Sinan University. He studied drama and film at the University of California in Los Angeles, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 1988. He worked for several years in Turkey and in Germany, and he moved to London in 1999. 

His video installations have been displayed at various exhibits in New York, London (The Serpentine Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, Tate Britain) and other cities in Europe. He has received worldwide acknowledgment in this field. He is the first Turkish artist to have participated in Documenta 11, one of the most prestigious exhibit in contemporary arts. He is also the first Turkish artist to have his artwork exhibited in the Museum of Modern Arts collection and in the collections of world's most prestigious museums.

His short film, La Fuga, was screened at many international film festivals and won both the CINE Golden Eagle Award and First Prize at the New York International Film Exposition in 1988, as well as a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago Film Festival in 1989. His first feature film, Karanlik Sular (The Serpent's Tale, 1993), was an experimental piece that juxtaposed several forces encapsulating the crisis of contemporary Turkish culture. In 1997, Ataman directed an eight-hour video, Kutlug Ataman's Semiha B. Unplugged, on one of the legendary opera singers of Turkey, who was persecuted for her affair with the exiled communist poet Nazim Hikmet. Semiha Berksoy, an eccentric octogenarian, served as the subject as well as the shining star of this candid film, which was presented in several important art biennials and film festivals. Ataman's 1998 film Lola und Bilidikid looks at the transvestite subculture inside the Turkish guest-worker community in Berlin; the 49th International Berlin Film Festival awarded the film its 1999 Teddy Bear Award. His screenplay for "Palto" was selected for the European Pitch Point and presented at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival and at the Euroforum 2003, and received the Balkan Film Fund award. Same year, Kutlug Ataman was selected as the best artist by the Observer. He was one of four candidates for the Turner Prize 2004 of the Tate Britain for his works, "Never my soul" and "The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read". His project "Cuba" received the 2004 Carnegie Prize award in the U.S.

2 Girls is his third feature film. 


2 Girls (2 Genc Kiz, 2005)
The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read (Documentary, 2002)
Never my soul (Ruhumu Asla) (Documentary, 2000)
Semiha B. Unplugged (Documentary, 1999)
Women with Wigs (Peruk Takan Kadinlar)  (Documentary, 1999)
Lola and Bilidikid (1998):
          Berlin Film Festival, Special Jury Prize
          Oslo Film Festival, Grand Prize
          New Festival New York, Best Film
          Mediterranean Films Festival - Cologne, Best Director, Best Second Film
          18th Istanbul International Film Festival, Hurriyet People's Award
          SIYAD, Best Supporting Male Actor Award (Celal Perk)
          Ankara International Film Festival, Best Director Award
The Serpent's Tale (Karanlik Sular, 1994):
          Ankara International Film Festival Special Jury Prize
          36th Antalya Film Festival Best Supporting Female Actor Award (Inge Keller)
La Fuga  (Short, 1988):
          New York International Film Exhibit First Prize;
          Washington DC Cine Competition Golden Eagle Award, Best Film;
          Chicago Film Festival Special Prize
Hansel and Gretel (Short, 1985)



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